By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe
Matthew 17:20-22 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
I have oft been told that the fasting process will bare many things that you have attempted to keep hidden. I can now say that this is true. Week 5 presented a few things that proved a challenge to overcome before, but was now in my sights to defeat. The flesh and its cravings is one of the biggest hurdles. I admit that there are a few things that I will have to purposely fast about in the future.
The final days seemed a bit easy. I found myself wondering if God had not released me early. Yes, sometimes this happens, because what we are fasting about is already addressed.
My fast is at an end. I feel different physically, spiritually and mentally. I lost a few pounds and inches. My clothes fit loose and of course there is more confidence. On Sunday, my appetite was still lacking. I did not feel for breakfast but I had a fruit.
My diet has also changed. I have learnt that sugar is the driving force behind our excessive appetite and cravings. As such, I will be cutting out sodas and minimizing the sweets I used to gorge on. During this period, I also consumed gallons of water. Yes, it is true that many of the times we mistake thirst for hunger.
On another note, the physical infirmities that presented themselves during the process, were all healed…and some others. From ear aches to severe pain in the pelvis, all gone.
I also started to exercise again, the first time after my surgery. This was especially needed so that I would not develop cravings and gorge on foods after the fast. It is a guaranteed way to keep the weight off as well.
Spiritually, I am more attuned to doing what the Holy Spirit impresses on me. After church, God was impressing on my heart to stay behind and be of service to my pastor. My reward it seems was dinner. I was wondering what I was going to eat, but God took care of that.
Mentally, my mind is more submissive to the Holy Spirit. Both the logical, analytical part of myself is in-tuned, for the most part, with seeing the world, people and their motives through the heart of the Holy Spirit. I am praying more and I am seeking more insight from the word.
At this juncture of the journey, I sense that there will be many more instances of fasting. God has proven to me that the doubts that existed before…about fasting for an entire day because I was diabetic…are all gone.
All in all, I came out a far better person than the one who entered.
Isaiah 58:6 – [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?